Bread cheese or “juustoleipä” is a buttery, slightly sweet cheese native to Finland. If you want to be authentic, try pronouncing it: hoo-stah-lee-pa. Contrary to the name, there’s no bread in bread cheese. Its name comes from its gorgeous, slightly charred crust that looks an awful lot like a piece of bread. It’s not your average cheese.
Bread cheese, also known in English as Finnish squeaky cheese, is a fresh cheese traditionally made from cow’s beestings, rich milk from a cow that has recently calved.
You can eat it cold or warm, but many people prefer it warm, where the texture turns from slightly “squeaky” to silky and smooth. Warming the cheese doesn’t melt it, but rather softens it slightly.
It may be served for example with a variety of jams even though it is often associated with cloudberry jam. A tasty addition to your salad or as side dish. Traditionally, juustoleipä is paired with a cup of hot coffee. That’s right: it’s breakfast and dessert cheese. Because there’s no bad time for cheese.